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Bernard V. Del Guidice

Bernard Vincent Del Guidice (Bernie), age 81, of Glen Mills Pennsylvania, formerly of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at his home with his wife Joan, daughter Danielle, granddaughter Jessica and sister-in-law Lynne Civitella by his side.

 

Bernie was born in 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Bernard A. Del Guidice and Mary DiVincenzo Del Guidice. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner Catholic High School in 1961. He completed educational studies at Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute earning certificates in air conditioning & refrigeration services, radar operation & maintenance, and radio engineering. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in April 1970 at the rank of Sergeant.

 

After working for the Admiral Repair Company as a TV serviceman, he advanced to become a long-time dedicated employee until his retirement, from Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). He worked there as a senior design engineer specializing in new railcar programs.

 

He was an active member of many professional and social clubs such as The American Society of Inventors (he was ahead of his time, always looking to advance technology) and The Italics for Musicians (as he identified most with jazz music and Frank Sinatra ballads).

 

Bernie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He used his engineering and inventive talents to build their family home in Glen Mills, PA where they continue to gather for Sunday dinners. On almost 2 acres, Bernie spent his retirement years gardening and woodworking. Let us not forget a favorite Bernie-ism, “Can’t get the job done right unless you have the right tools!”

 

He especially loved teaching and laughing with his grandchildren, especially spending time around his extensive model train collection. Bernie was blessed to hold his newborn great-grandson just days before his passing. His heart was as big as his smile. His opinion was as strong as his love and loyalty for his family and friends. He was a shining example of God’s light to others.

 

He is predeceased by parents and his sisters, Rosemary Alessandrini Higgins (James), and Lucy Volpe (Robert). Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan (Guaglianone) Del Guidice, his son, Bernard Vincent Del Guidice, Jr., (Tina) of Hull, MA, his daughter, Danielle Matruder (Mark) of Wilmington, DE. his grandchildren; Theresa, Michael, Andrew, Monica and Jessica Gladu (Corey) and his great-grandson Westley. He was a loving brother-in-law, uncle and cousin. He was loved by so many.

 

A viewing will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A service will begin at 12:30 pm. Interment will be private.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smile Train.

Funeral Services

A viewing will be held on Monday, February 5, 2024 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. A service will begin at 12:30 pm. Interment will be private.

Condolences

    Bart Cecala lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss. Bernie was one of the nicest people I very knew a person who was a friend and a great co worker. Rest in piece my friend see you on the other side. Bart
    01/31/2024 11:16 am
    Tina DelGuidice lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in Peace Grandpop DelGuidice. XO
    01/31/2024 02:53 pm
    Tina DelGuidice lit a candle
    01/31/2024 02:55 pm
    Donna Camardo lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss. I heard a lot about Bernie from Tina , Bernie and the kids. You are in my prayers.
    01/31/2024 06:14 pm
    Barb Frattura writes,
    So sad to hear of Bernie’s passing. Bernie was such a loving, kind, gentlemen who loved all of his family dearly! I loved talking to him when all of our family would get together. He always had a good story to tell and his sense of humor would leave you in stitches laughing. Bernie will truly be missed by all who loved him. My heart is broken for you Joanie and all the family. May all the memories of Bernie you hold closest to your heart console and guide you all through this difficult time. My sincere condolences. May Cousin Bernie rest in peace.
    01/31/2024 06:25 pm
    Bonnie and Tom Gladu writes,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I hope your fond memories help ease your loss.
    01/31/2024 07:56 pm
    Jim & Lorie Higgins and family lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry for your loss. Bernie was such a good man. Keep Joan and family in our prayers.
    02/01/2024 08:28 am
    John and Betty Cellini lit a candle and writes,
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. We may not have seen you often, but you were both in our prayers every day. John’s friendship with Bernie spanned seventy years and was a source of many memories. He will not be forgotten. 😢😢
    02/02/2024 12:51 am
    Bill Marchesani lit a candle and writes,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Bernie since 1985. He was a fantastic guy and very good with electronic and had a great sense of humor. He will surely be missed.
    02/02/2024 02:38 pm
    John Nelson lit a candle and writes,
    My heartfelt condolences to Joanie and her family from Cousin John in Hawaii. I have such fond memories of Bernie and his lovely sisters in the years I spent in Philadelphia back in the 1960s. Smartest guy I ever met. May he rest in peace.
    02/02/2024 07:40 pm
    Aggie Aguilar lit a candle and writes,
    Susan and I are so sorry for your loss, we will keep you family in our prayers, 🙏🙏🙏
    02/03/2024 01:49 pm
    Brittany Durkee writes,
    I am thankful to have been the person you chose to care for Bernie. I am so sorry for you loss. As you know Bernie was my favorite. Over time he wasn't just a patient, but a friend. I had a lot to learn as he said, but he had no problem trying to teach me. From music to TV. I had a lot of laughs in your kitchen. I remember telling Bernie how he had a beautiful family and that kind of love is rare. He told me he got lucky and found a hot tomatoes. He said," you have to find a good one". Oh how right he was. Joan you are amazing and the love you and Bernie had i hope to only have that one day. Caring for Bernie didn't feel like a job I truley enjoyed it. May you and your family find solace in knowing Bernie made a difference in so many lives. Rest in peace Bernie.
    02/04/2024 10:28 am
    Russ Jackson lit a candle and writes,
    If one was involved with having a crew of technically savvy people working on a very expensive construction project, having someone like Bernie on staff was about as much as one could wish for. Congenial, reliable, smart and technically proficient, he was a memorable colleague and will live on in my memories.
    02/12/2024 04:36 pm

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